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Category Archives: Automotive

Transmission Trouble

1. Change the Transmission oil and filter at least once every 50K miles.

2. When you start your vehicle let it set in neutral to the count of 20 before you put it in gear every morning.

3. Come to a complete stop before you shift into neutral, reverse, or drive.

4. Check transmission fluid frequently and NEVER over fill it.

5. Never spin your tires on pavement, this causes wear and tear on your transmission.

Taking care of your transmission is not difficult, but it does require serious thought as to drive patterns, behaviors, and habits of the driver. You must consider your vehicle and never expect more than it should be able to provide mechanically. Overextending the simple uses wear on engine and transmission parts.

Keep your tires aired to regulation levels and carefully consider your driving habits. Do they need to change?

Becoming a good driver also means being a safer driver. Extending the life of your vehicle with good driving habits may actually save your life. Consider the alternative to bad driving habits.

* lower gas mileage

* longer tire wear

* better long term performance

* lower costs and repairs

* better maintenance values

* less wear and tear on vehicle

* better resale market values

Windshield Repair

A windshield that has a rock chip or ding at the end of winter needs to be repaired before thermal shock causes the minor ding to become a major crack. Thermal shock can also happen when cold air from air conditioning blows directly on a windshield that is very hot from summer sun exposure.

To repair a small windshield ding, it can cost as little as $50 to $60. Auto glass windshield replacement can cost hundreds of dollars. It may cost even more for certain cars. Once a ding or star (star-shaped ding with points spreading out) expands, replacing the windshield may be the only choice. That’s why it’s very important to get windshield glass repair work done quickly. It is vital to have the repair performed before dirt gets into the break. If you can’t get to the repair shop right away, get a windshield saver patch. Such a patch covers the break until it can repaired, and does not obscure driving vision.

It is ideal to repair a windshield, rather than replace it, whenever possible. Windshield glass repair [http://lasertargeted.com/glassrepair/windshield-repair.html] saves the windshield, and preserves the factory’s safety seal of windshield to auto body. Because passenger side air bags deploy off of the windshield, preserving the factory installation is an important safety consideration. It also helps to avoid air and water leaks.

Another way to take care of your vehicle and prevent performance problems is to check fluids. Checking fluids is the cheapest and most important proactive maintenance you can do for your car or truck. Oil should be changed frequently — every 3,000 to 5,000 miles — if you haul heavy loads or drive in “stop and go” traffic.

Also, flush your radiator and change your engine coolant every two years. The summer season can be very hard on a vehicle’s cooling system so inspect your radiator for signs of leaking or corrosion. If you’re not sure, have your mechanic check the radiator core to make sure it is not plugged or at risk of imminent failure. Check and fill other fluids necessary for your vehicle’s performance, to recommended levels. These may include power steering, transmission, brake, radiator, and battery. Also, top off windshield wiper fluid. Don’t wait until you need it, to do that!

Heat in summer can also be bad for an older battery. A typical battery lives about 3.5 years. It’s probably time to replace yours if it’s nearing that age, or older. It’s a good idea to have a mechanic check the battery and cables to make sure the car starts quickly and reliably.

Check your tires to see if they are worn, badly aligned or balanced, or out of pressure. Tire pressure increases 1 pound per 10 degree (Fahrenheit) increase in temperature. If your tires are inflated to the maximum pressure indicated on the tire sidewall, you risk tire failure from over inflation, especially if the tire is damaged or worn. If you are traveling in remote areas, it may be wise to carry a full-sized spare tire instead of a temporary emergency spare. Temporary emergency spares typically have only a 50 or 100 mile life expectancy which may be inadequate for longer trips.

Off-Road Modifications

Some people find the sport intimidating because they have an impression that it is expensive. Luckily, there are cheaper options such as aftermarket upgrades that are available in the market.

Here are some of the top modifications that can improve a vehicle’s off-roading capability:

Off-road tires are more expensive than your regular tires. The price of mud tires usually start at $100. This is the most basic upgrade that a budding off-roader can start with. These type of tires have deeper treads and offer excellent traction to withstand different off-roading conditions.

Cold air intakes and air filters are another must have when you go off-roading. It enhances a vehicle’s performance by improving its airflow. Some of the most popular brands are AFE, Volant and K&N.

Another popular upgrade is shock absorbers. High quality shocks are essential to help control the suspensions and to improve the ride quality and handling of a vehicle, on and off-road. Rancho and Bilstein are two of the most popular shock absorber brands in the market.

Lights are another must have. Visibility is one of the most important concerns of outdoor adventurers. Different types of off-road lights such as light bars and flood lights can help the off-roader to see faraway objects, blind corners and other potential hazards that are often encountered during nighttime driving.

Winches are also important. This simple upgrade is essential, especially during the times that a rig is stuck in deep mud and is need of extraction. Warn, Smittybilt and Superwinch are three of the most celebrated brands when it comes to winches.

Roof racks are often purchased to load objects that can be used while going on an off-roading adventure or other type of sport equipment such as kayaks, canoes and surf boards. It also gives a rig a rugged look.

Lift kits are also a must have when it comes to this sport. This gives a rig an added ground clearance, increases wheel well clearance, to allow use of large tires, and also adds space between wheel axles.

Body armors are also a popular upgrade, particularly heavy duty, off-road front and rear bumpers that offer greater protection than regular bumpers and skid plates. These are steel plates that serve as an undercarriage shield to prevent damage from ground contact.

Car Vs SUV for Family

There are a number of reasons why one should choose an SUV over a regular car for their family. Here are a few of the most important ones:

More space
Thanks to its generous proportions, SUVs have spacious interiors and many have a third row of seats to carry extra passengers or additional baggage or cargo.

Better handling
SUV’s are better on city roads, thanks to their higher ground clearance. This is a more suitable class of vehicle and handles those rough patches on the roads much better than a regular car can.

Higher driving position
With a higher perch, one gets a better view of the road ahead and can keep a good eye on the traffic. This can help you make quick, important decisions when driving, especially in crowded cities.

Better hauling
Thanks to their size and larger cargo capacities, they are much better for hauling large amounts of groceries, camping equipment, sports equipment, etc. The rear seats can be removed and make an even bigger space for your stuff.

More power
One can feel all that power and muscle as soon as they get behind the wheel of an SUV. We all love to feel a vehicle’s power and if we can get it without sacrificing comfort and space, why not?

More safety features
With superior capabilities for handling & braking, a stronger frame and multiple parking and driving sensors and cameras, the SUV is much safer for your family than a car is.

SUVs are quickly becoming the first choice for families, as they offer comfortable passenger seating, attractive exteriors, great performance and power while providing respectable fuel economy. They are much safer than they have been in the past, offer a great driving experience and the advantage of a great capacity for passengers and cargo. Most people choose to buy an SUV over a car as it fulfills more of their wants and needs.

Audi TTS Roadster

Imagine the Qauttro’s wheel drive having a sleek hood that can conceal a turbocharged engine. It’s just so tempting to look into its features while forgetting about the price you pay for. Allowing you to have seamless shifts and straightened curves are results of the dampers that are adjustable as you desire. The features of the Audi German Roadster is never to be taken for granted with its heavily revised and heavily improved 2.0 TFSI engine, the machine runs smoothly and comfortably.

Let’s just list and check these current TTS features below:

Manual transmission

Sport steering wheel

Beautiful casing

Leather sports power front seats

Bose sound system

Automatic single-zone climate control

265 horsepower turbo intercooled engine

Anti-lock brakes

Mounted airbags on the side seat

Automatic air conditioning system

Navigation system

Cruise control

Xenon headlamps

Rear parking sensors

Driveline traction control

Not to forget, it also has a soft top that folds over as a convertible and enough space for seating. It has a maximum seating capacity for two with heated seats. Side and knee airbags are available for safety optimization. It has stability and traction control, allowing the disc brakes’ pressure distributed at all the right amounts with the use of electricity. With its 22 city and 31 highway miles per second fuel economy rate, you get to save some bucks for your gas.

Seeing all the mentioned features, it’s just really an amazing car for comfort, efficiency, and style. You may have your eyes on other brands or models, but you must expect the TTS to stand-out among the rest while you hit the road. Expecting to have the right fashion for both everyday use and special events, the TTS is just perfect for it. If you’re a die-hard racer, then you should be armed with the budget to pay off this luxury you’re into. If you’re not on a budget, then you’ll enjoy all the ultimate value and performance to satisfy your driving needs. The functionality and optimum safety you get from this Audi TTS Roadster is suitable for that racer like you.

Trunk Mount Bike Rack

The primary benefit is that the overall charges will be very low and affordable. It doesn’t need any roof rack or hitch and it are considered as the ideal choice for occasional short journeys. Most of these racks are user-friendly, and can easily carry 2-4 bikes. They are easily affordable and stored. The trunk mount bike rack blends security and provides greater clearance over other spoilers. It is more convenient for using and storage purpose.

The molded rubber pads are provided to give a firm support and hold the vehicle along with proper protection from scratches. As it can hold more than one bike, it is very important to handle the contact between the bike and the bike along with that of car and bike. The anti-sway cages play an important role in handling such contacts and the bicycle arms provide ample spacing to avoid the contact damage. It cushions the bike along with maximum security.

The levers of the trunk mount bike rack allow adjusting the bicycle arms easily as well as independently. This feature is designed to support all types of bike frames.

This type of rack is also available with another important feature called strap management. The strap management device consists of additional straps that protect the vehicle. These straps are made of proper nylon material so that they secure the rack guaranteeing the most convenient and safest installation. They are also provided with lockable secure bike carriers along with locks.

The trunk mount bike racks are also provided with narrow cradle arms to hold children’s bicycles and these can be folded when not in use. The arms are designed to provide flexibility, they can be folded or adjusted based on the requirement.

It can also be purchased through online without physically visiting the store. All the features and specifications are provided in detail against each product. So, choose the best suited bike rack, make the payment and get it delivered to your doorstep. Many online stores are offering wide varieties of racks for car, truck, van, garage purpose, home use, etc.

When Buying Roof Racks

There are so many options these days when it comes to selecting the appropriate bars for your car. If your car is fitted with side rails, you will need roof racks that are designed to be fitted to factory rails. For rails that are slightly raised and have a gap between them and the roof of the car, you will have to choose between the type of “Rail Bars” that sit between the rails, clamping on along the inside of the rail, and don’t raise the profile of the car by more than a few millimetres, and the type that sit on top of the rails and clamp on from above.

If you don’t have rails and your car is fairly new, it my have what are known as factory fixed points. These are an integral part of the car’s design that allow roof racks to be fitted at specific points.

Some cars built within the last 10 years will have a set of tracks fitted to the roof. These allow for the roof bars to be fitted and slid to almost any desired location on the roof.

Some older cars will have actual rain gutters, and you will need the type of racks that clamp onto the gutter. If your car is a reasonably late model car that doesn’t have any of these options then you may well need to get the type of roof rack that basically clamps to the car roof via metal straps that are fitted inside the doors.

When buying a set of racks for your car there are certain things you will need to consider, to ensure that you buy the solution that is best for you. First consideration would be, “What do you intend to carry up there?”

Secondly but of equal importance is the weights you intend to carry and what the legal implications of that can be. All cars have a roof load limit that includes the weight of the roof racks.

Before you go ahead and buy your roof bars it would be a good move to discuss your requirements with a qualified roof rack specialist to be sure that the roof rack you buy meets the vehicle’s manufacturer specification and the vehicle’s load rating. It.s also worth noting that the official roof load limits are designated for on road use. If you are going off road then you need to divide the load limit by 1.5 which means a 50kg limit is dropped to 33kg.

Safety and Handling have to be your next consideration, as any extra weight above the centre line of the car will have some detrimental effects on how the car handles. You may not notice it at first, but you’ll definitely notice it under emergency braking…

Whilst there are some downsides to using roof racks, the upsides far out weigh them. As long as you take some extra precautions before you travel, everything will be fine. First and foremost, DO NOT try to carry more than the specified weight on your roof racks. Make sure that you distribute the weight evenly across the bars, paying particular attention to the placement of the heaviest items, keeping them as close as possible to the centre of the car.

Tesla Model X

1. Design and Safety:

The Model X is designed in such a manner that safety was kept as the main priority. The presence of floor-mounted battery keeps the gravitational force to the minimum that reduces the likelihood of a rollover. The battery structure is such that it strengthens the vehicle against any side impact intrusions. Since there is no gasoline engine, the big front trunk functions as a huge impact-absorbing feature.

The Model X is a smart car in the sense that it continuously scans the nearby roadway through radar, sonar systems, and the camera. This enables the driver to get real-time feedback to avoid collisions. If the speed is quite high, the vehicle is capable enough to apply brakes automatically at the time of an emergency.

The outside pollution, bacteria, and pollen are constantly filtered through a medical grade HEPA filter prior to the air circulating inside the cabin. There are three modes for adjusting the filter level that include a ‘bio-weapon defense’, ‘re-circulate inside air’ and ‘circulate the outside air’ respectively. Thus, a positive and clean pressure is created that protects the occupants inside.

2. Falcon Wings:

The Falcon Wing doors are special and unheard of before. They provide easy access to the second and third-row seats even if the car is parked in a tight space. Having only a foot of clearance on each side, the Falcon Wing doors articulate up smoothly. This enables the passengers to enter the cabin from the front and the rear side. Interestingly, the overhead and side opening is so big that even the parents can buckle the children inside without having to strain or duck or even bumping the kid’s head on the roof.

3. Seating Capacity:

The Model X has a seating capacity of seven people in the three rows. Each seat is equally good, but those present in the second row are remarkable. Each seat in the second row is mounted on the single post and reclines independently that helps to maximize the legroom, comfort, and the under seat storage. Moreover, the third row can be easily accessed as well.

When not in usage the third-row seats can be folded flat. While the second-row seats can be made to lean forward that allows for more cargo area.

Pros And Cons Of The Crossover SUV

Pro: Smaller Size For A More Efficient, Agile Ride

Crossovers are lighter and more agile than full sized SUVs, which means a more responsive driving experience as well as better efficiency and kms. Since it doesn’t have to be built for heavy duty towing or hauling capacity, they are able to cut down on weight and size. This fact also helps the crossover to be more stable, since it is lower to the ground and is thus much less likely to roll over during a wreck. Plus, the smaller size and lower stature of the vehicle makes it easier to fit in both your garage or a tight parking space in town.

Today’s drivers and economy require good kms and an efficient ride, and that is a major reason why the crossover has become so popular. In fact, many of them offer a sporty ride that you would expect from a sedan or a coupe.

Con: Less Power, Capability Than A Truck Or Full Sized SUV

On the other hand, motorists who need to haul or tow very heavy loads will find that a full sized SUV or truck works better for them. As a working vehicle it will offer a heavier payload and towing capacity. In addition, they are a better platform for off-road capability due to the need for specialised equipment and oversized components.

Over time, the capabilities of the crossover have gotten better, to the point where they are starting to compete in the areas of towing and hauling. For now, if you need a heavy-duty vehicle, it might not be the right type of vehicle for your needs.

Pro: Efficient, Stylised Interiors

While crossovers are smaller than other SUVs, their designs strive to optimise the use of space for a roomier inside but smaller outside. Every cubic centimetre of space is put to good use for the passenger. The exterior design is more ‘car like’ rather than ‘truck like’, and designers often incorporate features from sedans, coupes, and even sports cars. The end result is that they tend to have a more modern and sporty look to them, which appeals to a lot of motorists.

Pro: Affordable And Accessible

In the end, the crossover is a great value. You can get a great blend of capacity, performance, and space at a great price. You don’t have to overpay to get the features you want or the space that you need. The efficiency and kms make for a lower cost of ownership so you will continue to save money over the entire life of the vehicle.

Replace Brake Pads

If it’s the first time you do it allow it some hours, it’s not difficult but it will require some time if you’re not experienced.

Attention: after driving the car brake pads and brake discs are hot.

Avoid any possible risk working in a safe area.

  • Make sure your car will not move at all, set the handbrake and park in a plain area.
  • Loosen the lug nuts before jacking the car up.
  • Jack the car up so you can remove the wheel as if replacing the wheel. (Use two jack stands for your safety)
  • Remove the caliper bolts and make it slide away from the disc: brake pads are the black parts that were near the disc surface.
  • Remove them from the caliper: there are several kinds of calipers so you have to see how it works in your car but you should easily do it: it’s just a matter of bolts or clips.
  • Take the occasion to check brake rotors condition, rotors must be the more smooth possible and must not have any asperities. If it’s damaged you’ll have to get a new one. Discs can also be reconditioned but it’s not recommended.
  • Now, with the new thicker pads you need to push the caliper piston back to its original position in order to create enough space for the new pads, you might need an adjustable spanner or a C-Clamp.
  • Apply brake pad grease on the part that won’t be in contact with the rotor and put them inside the caliper.
  • Reassemble everything as it was and proceed with the other side and the rear axle if your car has four disc brakes.

You’re done, go out for a test and drive slow. Pay attention, the brake pedal might be softer and braking spaces longer. In few days the new pads should reach their final position and any noise should disappear.

Make sure you reassemble everything carefully.